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  • Writer's pictureKristine Godsil

Unraveling the Mystery of Different Types of Urinary Incontinence

Dealing with bladder leaks can be a bother, especially when it interrupts our daily routine. But did you know there are different types of urinary incontinence? Let’s break them down.




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Stress Incontinence


This occurs when pressure is put on your bladder, causing you to leak a little bit of urine. Simple things like sneezing, coughing, laughing, or even jumping can trigger it.


Urge Incontinence


Ever felt a sudden and strong urge to pee, but you just can't hold it until you reach the bathroom? That’s urge incontinence. It might be triggered by things like hearing running water, unlocking your door, or even just seeing your home.


Overflow Incontinence


Imagine your bladder feeling full, but you just can't empty it all the way. This can lead to dribbling or even involuntary peeing when your bladder gets too full.


Reflex Incontinence


Sometimes, your bladder doesn't give you the usual signals that it's full. Instead, it just decides to leak without warning because it involuntarily contracts.


Functional Incontinence


When physical or mental challenges make it tough to get to the bathroom in time, it's called functional incontinence.


Lots of things can cause these bladder troubles, like weak or tight pelvic floor muscles, coordination issues, problems with your abdominal muscles, or even nerve problems.


But here’s the good news: pelvic floor physical therapy can really help! If you or someone you know is struggling with urinary incontinence, understanding these types and what might be causing them is the first step toward feeling better. Ready to get help? Schedule a pelvic floor evaluation today!


At Sparq PT, you'll get one-on-one personal attention. We'll create a plan tailored to the specific type of incontinence you’re experiencing & your goals. We can manage your symptoms and bring back your quality of life!


Please note that the thoughts and ideas presented in this article reflect the author's viewpoint, unless stated otherwise. This content should not be considered as individual medical guidance. The details shared are designed to assist readers in making well-informed choices regarding their own health and well-being.


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